Southern Company, Atlanta, Georgia, has set a new system peak demand record for electricity use. On Monday, Aug. 6, preliminary peak demand for electricity averaged approximately 39,036 MW between 4 and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Monday's record is 980 MW higher than the previous peak record set on Aug. 10, 2006. On that date, peak demand for electricity averaged approximately 38,056 MW.

The peak demand record represents the average peak demand for electricity over a one-hour period and reflects the retail and wholesale obligations of Southern Company. With high temperatures continuing across the Southeast, the potential exists for additional demand records to be set this summer.